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his death. >> our investigation into why the u.s. postal service is spending $2 million on a conference in san francisco at a time when they are also cutting back on service. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now, this is ktvu channel 2 news at 6:00 p.m. >> good evening. i am frank somerville. >> and i am julie haener. an hour ago crews in the south bay recovered the body of a hiker who fell 100 feet off of a cliff at a popular park. ktvu's robert handa is in san jose and tells us what authorities are trying to find out. >> reporter: right now the medical examiner is trying to answer some of the questions raised by the death of a hiker here at this san jose park. the body was retrieved over an hour ago after a long painstaking process. the view from -- rock park
had to spend so much time and effort. search and rescue lifted the man's body at the north falls. >> the only way sut outis -- out is in the creek bed. it is slippery and wet and treacherous. >> investigators say the victim is believed to be a man reported missing on saturday before being found by rangers sunday afternoon. they say the man fell 130-170 feet but can't say how or why it happened. riskers say the area was posted as -- rangers say the area was posted as off limits. >> lots of trains. old days they were maintained. the area where the events are right now used to have trails, but they have been closed for a long time. >> reporter: visitors familiar with with the park were sad but
not surprised. >> loose gravel, why would you want to do that? >> like going skiing and you will go for it. not a good idea. no, no. >> reporter: again, although officials believe the victim is a man reported missing from santa clara, they have not officially released his name to notify his family. live in san jose, robert handa, ktvu channel 2 news. authorities say a man has been arrested in alabama in connection with a triple homicide earlier this month. three people were found dead in this home on february 5. authorities say he was arrested last week in mobile, alabama. he will be transferred to sonoma county in the future. university of california, santa cruz mese are warning students to -- police are warning students to be on the alert after a woman was raped
and beaten yesterday. she was attacked before 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon near upper quarry amphitheater and the classroom unit buildings. the victim was not a student. >> i think what was unusual about this one was the victim did not know the assailant and it happened in the middle of the day. chats shocking -- that is shocking. >> police released this sketch. he has dark black hair, a goatee and a tattoo on his upper right shoulder bicep area. we have new developments involving a collision involving a golden gate ferry and a speed boat over the weekend. one of the injured passengers has died board the speed boat. he died from his injuries an
hour after the collision saturday afternoon. his co-workers say he was a real estate appraiser who was in town to teach a class in oakland. >> wasn't moving at all. >> had a big bruise in his head, bleeding. >> he and the driver were the only two people aboard the motor boat. mun of the 500 -- none of the 500 golden gate ferry passengers were injured. >> a woman struck by a muni bus is eileen barrett. she was hit saturday afternoon. she was taken to the hospital where she died. the bus driver is under going drug and alcohol testing which is standard procedure. >> part of downtown san francisco was shut down today after a suspicious package was discovered inside the wells fargo headquarters building. police surrounded the building
at 8:00 a.m. this morning and they closed montgomery. the bomb squad investigated and after a few hours gave the all clear. they didn't say what was in the package. now to a story only on 2. our investigation into a pricy conference being attended by the u.s. postal service in the bay area. they are spending $2 million to send executives to san francisco. this comes when the u.s. postal service is losing billions and planning to end saturday deliveries. ktvu's eric rasmussen is live in san francisco with what he learned. eric? >> reporter: they say the conference happening here next month is a critical networking and sales opportunity but critics point out the agenda includes a dance party, dinner event and golf. >> the first day of the forum plays out on the golf course in
san francisco. 4 days, 4,000 people are expected to attend the conference and 400 will be u.s. postal service employees there on the government's dime. documents show the travel, $220,000 in exhibit space will cost $2.2 million. the hotels go for nearly $300 a night before the government discount. >> the u.s. postal service is in financial trouble. it is they should do -- they should do everything they could to do everything on a cost effective basis. >> reporter: he is questioning the spending, considering the u.s. postal service announced they are losing billions of dollars and plans to stop saturday mail service. one worker called it a waste of money. the u.s. postal service told ktvu at least year's conference
they conducted meetings with 60 different customers that contributed to the successful closure of 100 sales valued at 160 million dollars in new revenue. >> reporter: today the u.s. postal service said any employee whose attend the gulf tournament has to pay their own way and they are sending less employees than a year ago. eric rasmussen, ktvu channel 2 news. with afford care act some are worried there aren't enough doctors in california to care for a rush of new patients. the new market place is called covered california. and today the director said they won't allow health plans to join the system unless they can prove they have enough physicians. >> there are doctor shortens
now, plans -- stortages now, plans need to show they have enough doctors and hospitals. >> some healthcare professionals say one way to cure the shortage is to give more authorities to nurse practitions and physician assistants. best buy announced a new tratagy today -- strategy today. ktvu's consumer editor tom vacar joins us live with how price matching could give that store an advantage. tom? >> reporter: indeed. because of these, smartphones and an experiment, it grivs best buy -- gives best buy its best chance to survive. >> reporter: they can no longer tolerate show rooming. >> they use stores as show rooms. >> reporter: shoppers admit to it. >> i do the same thing for certain items. i will check it out, if i want
to buy it, i will go on the internet and get a better price. >> reporter: march 3 best buy will match all local competitors as well as 19 of the biggest online retailers such as amazon. >> i am sure they don't want to do it but they have to do it. >> people actually prefer shopping online. >> they might go out of business because people buy online where they have free delivery, great return policies and excellent prices. >> reporter: though price remains the key, they have something the internet has yet to match, take it home right now. >> if i am looking looking for incident gratification that would work. >> reporter: local retailers hire locally. >> it is great for best buy to bargain this way and to be in competition with amazon and bring back situations within the community. that we all profit by that.
it is a win-win situation. >> i think it is a great idea for best buy to do it. i think in that situation everybody wins. >> reporter: here is how it works, you will pick out the product from the internet or bring a paper add and show it to them. they will decide whether or not they want to match it, which they will, one per shopping spree. consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. google is planning on opening retain stores to get more google products into the haps of customers. -- hands of customers. the company will open in major areas by the end of the year. the idea is to get customers to come into the stores to get familiar with devices. another governor is working to lure business out of
california. iowa governor will meet with businesses that have a presence in iowa. the iowa governor didn't say which part of california he plans to visit. last week texas governor rick perry made a similar trip to california. he met with a lot of business leaders during his visit but there was no indication he convinced any of them to relocate to texas. in 7 minutes, how soon you could see rain and a big temperature drop. >> first, a popular distiller back tracks, why the back lash might be good for business. >> i am done. only one i have. >> after the break a high-speed chase take as deadly turn -- takes a deadly turn. a driver tried to take down a police officer.
a high speed police chase in san jose ended with a deadly crash. police say it started when a man was driving a stolen suv. he attempted to hit an officer making a traffic stop. police say that triggered a chase with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. the suv crashed in south san jose. police say the driver died, two girls inside the suv were not injured. continuing coverage now, gas prices across the country and in the bay area shot up 50 cents in the last month. in san francisco a gallon is $4.13. a month ago it was $3.66. oakland $4.05. san jose $4.07. the rise is likely to get worse
before it gets better. with the highest prices in the country drivers are hit hard. >> ridiculous. you know, i mean, when is it going to stop. >> work harder to pay for higher gas prices. >> experts say oil prices are playing a role in the hike. they cut production by a million barrels a day. partly in response to rising oil production in the united states. www.ktvu.com is tracking where to find the least expensive gas. a decision about who will get the million dollars reward in the chris dorner case will have to wait. the los angeles police department said a joint decision will be made by the 20 donors who contributed the award after the investigation
is complete. there is speculation no reward will be paid since chris dorner died. she hosted a concert today to try to draw attention to gun violence in the wake of the sandy hook elementary school massacre. [ music playing ] she and her band took the stage this afternoon. she said she wanted children to feel supported by adults in the community. she hopes to draw attention to the issue of gun violence. autopsy results show a 19- year-old woman found dead in south lake tahoe after a new year's eve party had drugs in her system. the probable cause of alyssa byrne's death is hypothermia. but they said they found evidence of methamphetamine and drugs. alyssa byrne disappeared after a music festival and found near a snow bank a few days later.
makers is backing down on plans to water down their whiskey. ktvu's jade hernandez is live. >> reporter: they have seen sales up 200%. makers said that was the reason for their decision. but an organizer here in the city said that publicity stunt seemed like a stunt to him. >> the front page says it all, you spoke, we listened. here is proof. today they resumed production at 45%. reversing the decision to weaken the bourbon. >> the initial thought is wow, just -- thinking this over. >> reporter: this year's event
will be held in april. >> they want consistency in their flavor. and to do that it is questionable. you wonder, and then when they come back, is it a marketing ploy. >> i don't know if i could get a bottle of the 86 proof to use for that. >> you can get them, you know, like these for $20. last week in particular there has been a heightened interest in makers. >> the owner only has one makers mark left. he says the publicity sparked curiosity but he always had trouble keeping it on the shelf. >> even the suppliers are having trouble stocking it. i am done. i am unable to buy it. >> reporter: high demand and
inability to keep up. >> the interest has been on the rise in the past few years. and it is difficult to find. >> reporter: his store has seen a steady increase in business. this is his second store and both businesses say their business is booming. jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. new research suggests half of parents on facebook keep tabs on their kids. the study found 43% of parents check their child's page daily. when the kids were questioned one third said they would defriend their parents if they could. the twist in job interviewing may come from twitter. some firms are using twitter views to evaluate potential employees. companies tweet a question,
applicants tweet a reply. some say they could learn a lot from the way they tweet. i have bip -- been getting tweets about showers. light stuff. the rain is coming. about 8, 9 hours away. something like that. light sprinkles showing up here. again, this stuff is towards -- you are getting real light sprinkle activity. that is the moistening atmosphere ahead of the weather system. the weather system gets here tomorrow morning. 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. in the morning. after the morning commute. showers in the forecast tomorrow. you will need umbrellas, take your time tomorrow and jackets. temperatures are trending down. this is a cold weather system. not a warm, wet storm. it is a cold barely wet storm.
quarter inch, half inch. but it isn't going to be a big rain producer. tomorrow morning, there is light sprinkles. the main system here. drizzle. wet on the peninsula tomorrow morning. 9:00 a.m., that is the system. wind with this and it blows through by lunchtime. 8:00 a.m. to noon time things will be wet. then it breaks out. scattered showers. watch what happens. tomorrow night. showers. and then we get into 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, showers. there is a chance for a thundershower out there. wednesday morning, wednesday afternoon and the next system on thursday morning. so really not much behind this thing. there is a chance of showers but the main event will be tomorrow morning as i showed you. look at the highs. 48 livermore.
48 pleasanton. 48 los gatos. chilly out there. big change. last week we were dealing with 70s, 60s. 80 degrees last friday. friday before. 80 degrees. temperatures will be 30 degrees cooler than that. >> big difference. >> maybe bring a jacket if you are going to the parade. >> yeah. yeah. dry, but it will be warming up. but yeah. bring a jacket. >> thank you. coming up on bay area news at 7:00 on tv 36 some students are on edge after the assault of a woman at university of california, santa cruz. >> police are investigating the report of a rape on university of california, santa cruz in broad day light. the description of the suspect the victim gave to police. >> new questions about the death of a popular singer, why doctors may have dropped the ball. join us for these stories and more on bay area news at 7:00 on tv 36. mark is up next with sports. >> first 49ers quarterback keeping his eye on the prize.
to stay in shape. colin kaepernick is working at ces performance in atlanta. he says fewer people recognize him there so it is easier to concentrate on fitness and less on signing autographs. >> can't wait for the 49ers. looking forward to the giants and a's as well. >> spring training continues but we have news to report. it is still a month away but opening day you will see matt cain on the mound for the san francisco giants, he will get the opening day nod against the dodgers. should be a good one. bruce boudreau has other -- bruce bochy has other concerns, watching his son pitching. he earned a spot in camp. he makes that clear. outstanding year last season. 14 saves but of course, just because dad is his manager he gets no special privileges.
>> he is just my manager out here. all business. so once we get off the field we will have a father-son talk. >> excited to be here. he earned this. so i look forward to watching him like the rest of the guys here. but pretty special. >> i wish i was a catcher. >> no, i seen how my dad walks and i don't want to be part of that. >> good story to keep an eye on. mean time, when you talk cal basketball, when push comes to shove, the pac 12 will reprimand mike montgomery for shoving is allen crabbe in yesterday's victory. mike montgomery apologized after the game. no suspension is expected. but coach mike montgomery getting heat around the bay area today for those actions. which are always inexcusable for a coach.
>> exactly. so cool having bruce bochy's son. >> he is hoping for triple-a. >> thank you. tonight at 10:00 p.m., rape moving in -- rain moving in, we are tracking the conditions and how soon the rain will get here. >> thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news, we are always here for you on www.ktvu.com and ktvu mobile. thank you for joining us. for lunch.